Finance Apprentice

Institute of Cancer Research
123, Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RP
£293.30 per week
Closing date
25 Oct 2021

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To assist and support the Financial Planning & Analysis team in the provision of financial and performance information

for internal and external reporting, in maintaining the integrity and accuracy of financial information held on the

finance system (Agresso) and in the preparation of annual budgets.

1. Management Information and Analysis
  • To assist in the production and distribution of the budget holder financial and KPI performance reporting in line with the month end timetable
  • To assist in the preparation of financial information for the monthly management accounts
  • Support the preparation of statutory reports including annual accounts, HESA returns and Transparent Approach to Costing
  • Produce reports to support the preparation of management accounts.
  • Prepare data for projects and other ad-hoc requirements, as required by Finance Business Partners or the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis

2. Business Planning
  • Prepare and post budget and forecast adjustments throughout the year on a timely basis
  • Assist in the preparation of budget and forecast templates

3. Financial Processes and Controls
  • Ensure funding authorisation forms for new staff and contract changes are processed and update the
  • Human Resources/Payroll system with funding details
  • Help maintain an up-to-date, complete and accurate budget approval and reporting access rights record on Agresso
  • Assist in the financial management of non-research related grants that are managed by ICR corporate teams
  • Ensure payroll control accounts are cleared for all Generally Funded posts each month
  • Prepare and post adjustments to the General Ledger, under the guidance of the Management
  • Accountants Analyst or Finance Business Partners
  • Maintenance of standing data in Agresso, including project codes and grant codes
  • Maintain allocation spreadsheet for Funding Body (OfS/Research England) income
  • Assist with the monthly review and processing of expenditure accruals and prepayments
  • Ensure that monthly interdepartmental recharges are received and are posted in line with the month end timetable
  • Support the Research Business Partner processing and reconciling studentship tuition fees and recharges for PhD and MSc courses and assist in day to day financial management of studentship
  • Monitor adherence to the journal approval process by the finance team through reconciliation and sample testing

4. Business Relationships and Decision Support
  • Assist in resolving budget holder queries.

  • Undertake other activities as required by the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • High degree of computer literacy and
  • able to learn new IT skills quickly
  • Strong excel skills
  • General understanding of finance
  • functions and management accounts

Personal qualities

  • Good attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organised - able to manage multiple
  • tasks to meet deadlines
  • High level of numeracy

Desired qualifications

  • Good general level of education
  • Educated to A-Level standard (or
  • equivalent)
  • Completed AAT Level 3 (desirable)

Future prospects


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